The Hotels and Resorts Market is Busy!Jul 15 2015 · 0 comments · Hospitality, Nishkian Chamberlain ·0
Whether it’s for work or pleasure, Hospitality building projects need to accommodate a myriad of different travelers.
The Nishkian Chamberlain team is currently working on a numerous Hospitality projects of which we highlight two this blog. One project, pending permits from the building department, is the Courtyard by Marriott project in Santa Cruz, California conveniently located less than a quarter-mile from the beach and will provide over 160,000 sq. ft. of comfort and convenience for vacationing families, busy businessmen, and fun-loving jetsetters. Another project is the construction of a new swimming pool and bar area at the Terranea Resort, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California.
Designed by AXIS Architecture + Design the Courtyard by Marriott project is classified as a Type IIIA building over Type I parking garage. The hotel was designed using fire-retardant treated lumber at the exterior walls on the upper four levels, which allows the builder to use cost effective light framed wood construction. The wood framing is supported by two levels of post-tensioned concrete and mild steel concrete slabs and concrete columns over a concrete mat foundation. Significant challenges with the soil’s capacity, required to support the building loads, were encountered, hence, ground improvement measures were undertaken utilizing drilled displacement columns. Large open areas on the first floor for meeting and conference rooms, a theater, and the lobby with a full bar and kitchen necessitated the use of post-tensioned beams spanning up to 52 ft. over the ballroom, and steel beam framing to support 3 stories of guest rooms over the lobby. On the second floor, an outdoor pool and a relaxing spa complete the picture of leisure. Large grade elevation changes required the design of over 10 ft. tall retaining walls located only 4 ft. from the building perimeter. Nishkian Chamberlain successfully worked within these narrow quarters by tying the retaining wall footing to the building’s basement wall, and designing the basement wall for the additional soil loads.
The Terranea Resort, opened in 2009 as the only luxury resort destination on the Los Angeles coast. Nishkian Chamberlain served as the structural design consultant for this award winning, 102-acre, Mediterranean style luxury hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean. A detailed project description for the original Resort construction can be found by visiting the “Hotels & Resorts” tab in the Portfolio section of our website or by clicking the following link: Terranea Resort.
In an ongoing effort to provide the most luxurious services to its guests, ownership commissioned the construction of a new swimming pool to better accommodate the high occupancy numbers consistent to the Resort. With three swimming pools currently accessible, the new swimming pool will ensure guests can relax and enjoy any of the pools without large crowds. The new pool area will include a new building to house a full-service bar, restrooms, and the pool equipment room and new site retaining walls to support the pool deck. Since the newly developed area is located directly adjacent to guestrooms, the new building was required to adhere to strict guidelines so as not to disrupt the guest’s Pacific Ocean views and to control noise levels, requiring all mechanical units to be housed within the building. Close coordination with the architect and MEP engineer was required to achieve proper ventilation in the building, while maintaining building function and consistency with the Resort’s architectural aesthetics. Roof framing is comprised of light gauge steel framing members bearing on specially reinforced masonry shear walls, which provide lateral resistance to seismic and wind forces. Creative detailing was used to achieve a Mediterranean style aesthetic in keeping with the architectural integrity of the Resort.
As construction of the project nears completion, Resort guests can expect to enjoy the new pool and a drink from the Pool Bar as early as late summer.
Nishkian Chamberlain engineers collaborate diligently with Hospitality owners and design teams to ensure the desired aesthetic environment is attained utilizing cost effective creative structural solutions. Should you have any questions about an upcoming or ongoing project, do not hesitate to contact any of our offices. You can also send an email directly to Craig Chamberlain at email@example.com.